Meghan Markle dubs herself 'real-life princess' and says girls have 'power to create a life greater than any fairy tale'
Meghan Markle is "still very aware" that people "see her as a princess" despite her high-profile exit from the Royal Family
The Duchess of Sussex has sat down for the most intimate and revealing interview since her infamous sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.
Published this week, it casts light on Meghan and husband Prince Harry's motives for moving to Montecito, California.
And she also reflects on what it feels like to be one of the most famous women in the world.
Journalist Allison P Davis writes: "Even if she and Harry have stepped back from their royal duties, Meghan is still very aware that people see her as a princess."
Meghan, expanding on this theme, adds: "It’s important to be thoughtful about it because — even with the Oprah interview, I was conscious of the fact that there are little girls that I meet and they’re just like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a real-life princess.’
“I just look at all of them and think, You have the power within you to create a life greater than any fairy tale you’ve ever read.
"I don’t mean that in terms of ‘You could marry a prince one day.’
"I mean you can find love. You can find happiness. You can be up against what could feel like the greatest obstacle and then you can find happiness again.”
In the same interview, Meghan reveals a "top-secret drop" that she plans to return to Instagram.
Ms Davis writes in The Cut: "In the lull in conversation, Meghan turns to me and leans forward to ask in a conspiratorial hush, 'Do you want to know a secret?'
"Meghan, silenced no more, looks around, making sure nobody (who would be?) is listening in. "Then the top-secret drop: 'I’m getting back … on Instagram,' she says, her eyes alight and devilish."
A return to social media would be a significant step for Meghan, as she has previously spoken out about staying away.
Appearing at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in October 2020, she said: "For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time.
"I made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways that’s helpful for me."
In this week's lengthy interview with American magazine The Cut, Meghan does appear to have second thoughts about a return, though.
Ms Davis writes: "Progress, however, is a series of steps forward and leaps backward.
"Later, Meghan would relay she was no longer sure she would actually return to Instagram."